The Challenge of Technological Change

Part twelve of the multi-part BLUEprint Series: How the Ocean Will Save Civilization

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As we embark on our collective quest for survival and the future, we must embrace science and technology as essential tools for defining the problems, measuring their extent, imagining multiple possibilities for solution, explaining, making, and sharing these innovations and alternatives, and providing a new navigation by which to locate ourselves precisely and safely in a vastness so real and emblematic as the ocean.

If anything is certain, it has been the astonishing role that technological progress has played in the advancement of civilization worldwide. Invention has completely reshaped our world through science, the collection and application of data, the transformative capacity of computers, the acceleration of global communications, the integration of the world economy, and the invention of efficiencies and alternatives and utilities at scale that have raised the overall standard of living and quality of life for everyone on earth. Not everyone has benefited equally, to be also certain, but as population and expectation has increased exponentially over time, technology has more often than not met the challenge through the application of human energy and imagination for the benefit of all mankind. With that recognition comes responsibility.

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